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Haleem Khan

Artist Name: Haleem Khan 
Place: Hyderabad, India
Phone : (91) 986 627 4965

48-44, Papaiah Yadav Nagar
Near Rainbow School
Near IDPL Colony
Hyderabad 500 037
Andhra Pradesh, India

Profile & Pictures posted with permission from the artist.

Haleem was born and finished most of his education in Ongole, Andhra Pradesh. His parents Shri Raheed and Shrimati Mehetaj, have encouraged and nurtured his passion for performing arts.  Bred in a rich mix of fabric of Islamic and Telugu  culture, he has been attracted to the Indian Traditional dance , especially to the art of Kuchipudi Dance. Haleem has been practicing this dance since a tender age of nine. He has trained under the revered Guru Sri K.V Subrahamanyam, disciple of the venerated Guru Sri (Dr.) Vempati China Satyam.

An MBA by qualification, Haleem lives in Hyderabad.

Haleem had given more than 200 solo and group performances all over India.

A dedicated student of this splendid art form, being drawn to its rich cultural legacy, Haleem’s performances are characterized by Classical Kuchipudi style and much more. His very mode of display, restrained movements as smooth as the flow of honey, scintillating footwork, sequential furtive glances – and all this with the innocence and agility of a young deer, he holds the audience spell bound!

Haleem is one of those very few dancers who can also take to the female dance form with equal grace and ease, specially when dancing as  Satya bhama.

Haleem has worked in several dance schools, in Andhra Pradesh including Hyderabad. He has also taught dance to school students on the invitation of these schools. A highly talented and appreciated dance professional, Haleem has won many accolades, Gold medals,   in numerous classical dance competitions.  A keen composer, Haleem has demonstrated this on many occasions by composing both classical and fusion music themes, which have orchestrated his performances.

Kuchipudi Dance

Kuchipudi & Experimental dance forms

Under Guru K.V. Subrahmanyam, disciple of Padmabhushan Guru Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam

Specialised in: 
Female roles as Satya Bhama, Parvathi etc etc…

Major Performances - Abroad:
1. Lahore, Pakistan-Performed in International  : Cultural Show -2008
2. Malaysia-   Choreographed and performed in Kuala Lumpur and Bagan Datoh   “Sreenivasa Kalyanam “ a dance ballet for Malaysia Telugu Association   - 2010

3. Singapore-  Choreographed and performed in Kuala Lumpur and Bagan Datoh   “Sreenivasa Kalyanam “ a dance ballet for Singapore Telugu Association -2010

Major Performances -India :

300 solo and group performances all over India, few major ones being the following:

·         Russian Art Theatre at Chennai

·         Tirupathi Bramostavaalu at Tirupathi

·         Humpi Festival at Humpi, Karnataka

·         Kuchipudi Dance Festivals in Kuchipudi Village

·         Kanaka Durga Brahmotsavaalu - Vijayawada

·         All India Craft Mela at Shilparaman Crafts Village at Hyderabad,

·         Dassehra Festival at Mysore

·         10th National Youth Festival - Hyderabad,

·         12 hour dance show Akhanda Annamayya Nrutyabhinaya Yagnam at Guntur.

·         All India Police Duty Meet - Hyderabad,

·         Asian Youth Festival – Hyderabad

·         American Telugu Association Festival -  Shilpakala Vedika

·         Secunderabad Carnival at Harihara Kalabhavan

·         A dance theatre production ‘Raat Phoolon Ki’ organized by the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation.

Innovations and Experiments:

·         Choreographed the “Mélange of Dances” (an experimental dance ballet) merging Western Classical Dance with Kuchipudi – which was supported by the Alliance Francaise and the French Embassy. This program toured major cities in India and met with great appreciation and applause.

·         Conducted a workshop on fusion of Kuchipudi with Flamenco (a dance of Spanish origin with hand clapping and stamping of feet) along with the famous Ms Maria Pages and team.

·         Choreographed & performed “A fusion of Kuchipudi and Thai traditional dance Khon and Lakon Nai ” along with a team from Thailand.

·         Choreographed & performed “Telugu Prashasthi” a dance ballet (a dance ballet organized by the Official Language Committee to promote Telugu).

·         Choreographed & performed a dance ballet “Mahakavi Sri Sri” based on his poetry.

·         Choreographed & performed a dance ballet “Raithu Rayalu” based on the life of King Sri Krishnadevarayalu for the Department of Culture- Andhra Pradesh.

Awards :


·         OYP (outstanding young person award) a title conferred by junior chamber international (JCI) -2010

·         “Nrutya Tapasvi” a title conferred by Rasanjali Cultural Association-2010

§  Awarded   for his contribution in the field of Kuchipudi dance by the Govt of Andhra Pradesh - 2009

§  A gold medallion from the Rotary Club for excellence in Kuchipudi dance -2005

§  A gold medallion from Kala Natyamandali for excellence in Kuchipudi dance- 2004

Work under Renowned Gurus:

·         Shri. Vedantham Radhe Shyam garu from Siddhendra Kalakshetra- Kuchipudi

·         Smt. Alekhya Punjala – Head of the Dance Department- Potti Shreeramulu Telugu UniversityHyderabad

·         Shri. Bhagavathula Sethuram - Head of the Dance Department- Potti Shreeramulu Telugu UniversityHyderabad

·         Guru Shri. K.V. Subrahmanyam garu - Guntur